Tuesday 2nd August 05.00 hrs saw our group begin the journey to Borneo in order to commence the Sabah Salute expedition in commemoration of the Prisoners of War (POW) death marches of WWII.
After 12 hours on the plane we landed and, with time to spare, visited the Changi Museum dedicated to those POWs in Singapore. Next we had a 2 hour connecting flight to Brunei and subsequently traveled to Seria; the place where we are to acclimatise and prepare ourselves before the trek across Sabah – Michael Taylor
We have arrived! The Sabah Salute team entered Brunei yesterday evening to a warm welcome at the British Army’s Jungle Training Team location. A swift BBQ and night-cap ensured a first class night’s sleep (very different to the ‘economy’ class sleep on the planes). Today has been busy with jungle lectures on the hazards, wildlife and helicopter drills that we will encounter. The day culminated in myself being ‘volunteered’ by the group to be winched up into a Huey helicopter for a demonstration casualty evacuation – democracy in action (?). Charles May – Expedition 2IC